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Parampara Series 2017 - National Festival Of Music And Dance

Last month the 3-day performance of the PARAMPARA SERIES - NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE 2017 concluded. We were invited to witness such beautiful accumulation of taal, raga, and bhava by such legendary dancers and musicians. The festival was inaugurated by our honourable Vice President of India Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and on the third and last day the Chief Guest was honourable Mrs. Sheila Dixit and the Director of National School of Drama honourable Mr. Waman Kendre.
 
We give you a short glimpse of how majestic and enthralling were the performances of this PARAMPARA SERIES 2017.
 
On 22 September, God Varuna (the rain God) was showering his blessings on us as slowly and steadily the auditorium filled with the enthusiastic audiences. After the lamp lighting ceremony by our honoured vice president of India along with Dr (s) Raja Radha Reddy ji, the invocation dance was set in just the right tones by the musicians on mridangam, violin, and Carnatic music vocals. There filled an aura of spiritual melody with the Carnatic music and the daughters of legendary dancers - Bhavana Reddy and Yamini Reddy made their entrance on stage. As is the custom in any Kuchipudi dance performance, a short intro is given by the dancers telling about the story to be presented.
 
Performing the famous Shiv Leela were the Reddy daughters. One can clearly see a musical amalgamation of strength and beauty in both the dancers. Portraying the characters of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati maybe difficult but not impossible when you see the legends dancing on stage. The character portrayal of both the male and the female was performed with so much perfection that made the audience mesmerized. When two great female dancers perform both the male and female characters than one feels even more respect for the artists and for the art grows even more.
 
The Reddy daughters showcased a perfect rhythmical partnership dancing together that was awe inspiring to the audience. When the legendary duo of Raja Radha Ji arrived towards the end of the performance, joined later by their daughters, it was a sight worth watching. Raja Radha Reddy Ji were always the famous Kuchipudi dance duo not just of dancers but also of dance critics. Their presence on stage made the audience get up from their seats and gave them an enthralling standing ovation.

 
Photo credits: Anant Sachdeva


The next musical performance was by sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee who has won many prestigious awards and had the opportunity to perform on various national and international venues across the world. Accompanying him was Rakesh Kumar Chaurasia on flute. He is the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He has already been conferred with numerous awards and accolades. Rakesh’s forte is in blending his flute without really losing its identity in mixed instruments’ concerts. As the evening soared and the jugalbandi between the maestros reached various dynamics, the audience enjoyed each and every note of the music floating in the entire auditorium. The melodious flute of Rakesh Chaurasia and the quick and surprise tempos struck by sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee made the evening absolutely memorable. 

 
Photo credits: Anant Sachdeva


The next day performers of the Parampara Series festival was the famous Ustad Rashid Khan whose Hindustani vocals has a strong base in classical music and who has also been performing his magic for lots of Bollywood songs. He was awarded the Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi honours in 2006. An unforgettable performance by Ustad Rashid Khan kept the audience mesmerized with raag megh, pahari and the legendary thumri of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Sahib ‘Yaad piya ki aaye’ along with Akram Khan on tabla, Vinay Mishra on harmonium, Murad Ali Khan on sarangi and Nadeem Khan on tanpura. Another musical star for the evening were Dr. N Rajam with her daughters and granddaughters - Dr. Sangeeta Shankar, Ragini and Nandini Shankar (all violin). Three generations of family of musicians/ violinists performing together was a memorable sight. 

 
Photo credits: Saransh Pithauria


The third and last day of the Parampara series festival went again with a packed auditorium and enthusiastic crowd. The graceful Kathak dancer Ms. Rajashree Shirke performed the amazing Raavan Mandodari Samvad along with her 5 beautiful dance students. The graceful movements and bhaav, an absolutely precise rhythmical footwork made the mythological characters come alive on stage. There were so many awesome moments in the performance that the audiences applaud was unstoppable. After that the final performance was of the Padma Shri honoured Gundecha brothers, the torch bearers of Dhrupad form of Indian music. Endowed with an incredible sense of vocal dynamic and fine pitch control, they have managed to present the finer nuances of sound in a musical context, making it very pleasant and attractive while still maintaining a hold on the core principals of Dhrupad gayaki. The melodious performance kept audience asking for more. However, it was the memorable experience that each audience took away with them.

 
Photo credits: Saransh Pithauria


The Parampara series festival 2017 was a success presenting the Indian classical music and dance legends. A reminder of our strong cultural artistic roots and traditions, this festival was indeed a melodious treat for everyone. 


All photos and credits provided by Natya Tarangini after the event.